DaMarques Johnson and Clay Harvison pose for the cameras at the weigh-ins on Friday afternoon. Photo by Esther Lin, MMAFighting.com
DaMarques Johnson silenced any doubts that he couldn't get past Clay Harvison on Saturday night in Anaheim, crushing his opponent with a brutal left uppercut followed by a straight right. It only took Johnson 1:34 to add his name to the hat for knockout of the night honors.
Johnson entered tonight's contest coming off a loss to Amir Sadollah at UFC Fight Night 24 in March, putting his record at 3-3 with the promotion. He has notable wins over Mike Guymon, Brad Blackburn, and Edgar Garcia, but losses to Matthew Riddle and James Wilks have kept Johnson out of discussions that he's a top prospect.
Harvison, like Johnson, was a participant on The Ultimate Fighter, losing on the show's thirteenth season in the quarterfinals to Ramsey Nijem. At the show's finale in June, however, he was able to defeat Justin Edwards in a hotly-contested bout. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to keep the momentum going, losing via submission to lanky welterweight Seth Baczynski at UFC Fight Night 25 in September.